This is the 31st Turner Prize, which comes with £25 000, and the first time it has been won by 'non-artists.' The collective regenerated Granby Four Streets, a derelict housing site in Toxteth, Liverpool. Their aim was to develop the area without gentrifying it.

Assemble Image via New York Times Assemble
Image via New York Times

With artists such as Martin Creed and Damien Hirst part of the Turner alumni, the work that Assemble does differs from previous winners as it makes a concrete difference to real societal issues such as housing and regeneration.

Of course, many will question if the regeneration project is art at all. Assemble were up against Bonnie Camplin, who created a study centre which showed hours of conspiracy theory footage; Nicole Wermer whose piece addressed the gender politics of modern design and Janice Kerbel who wrote a piece of music surrounding the unfortunate life of character Doug.

The judging panel was chaired by Alex Farquharson, the newly appointed director of Tate Britain; critic and curator Jan Verwoert; Kyla McDonald, artistic director of Glasgow Sculpture Studios; Alistair Hudson, director of Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art and Joanna Mytkowska, director of the Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw.

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